May 15th, 2009

Esquire's short-story contest

Esquire is holding a short-story contest – first prize is $2500 and publication. There’s only one catch, and it’s an interesting one: you have to use one of three pre-selected titles.

The titles are:

1. "Twenty-Ten"

2. "An Insurrection"

3. "Never, Ever Bring This Up Again"

To learn more, click here.



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What meaning would your life have if you knew you were dying?

This week there has been a spate of bad news from friends with illnesses, mostly cancer. Some ambigious, ie, "spots on the liver," some just definitely bad. Many of them are writer friends.

So while I was running today I was thinking about whether it would seem pointless to continue to work on your novel if you knew you were dying.

And then I remembered/realized that we are all terminally ill. We are all dying. Do we only stay sane by pretending that this isn't true for us? My mom is about the only person I know who is ready to go.

I guess in the end it comes down to the what Freud said. Lieben und Arbeiten. Love and work.Loving each other, creating something - those are the important things.



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The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List

Some of the listings include:

- #1 (#1 people - and she is local! I have met her! If memory, serves, she has dark hair and seems nice!) Radiant Darkness: A Novel by Emily Whitman

- #6 (everyone's talking about this one) The Chosen One: A Novel by Carol Lynch Williams. And how come no one is talking about these nearly identical covers on books on the same topic (polygamy)



- (LJ's own) Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

- (we know her as windowlight) Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti.

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